It always amazes me that even against insurmountable odds life finds a way to live. Located atop of Dance Hall Rock down the Hole in the Rock Road in Escalante National Monument, this area supports about a half dozen trees like this. The great photographer Guy Tal made this locale famous in his book Intimate Portraits of the Colorado Plateau. I made this image on an overcast day in early spring. Many of the dirt roads were still closed and impassable this time of year, and indeed some of the higher elevations still had a foot or more of snow. Dance Hall Rock is an interesting formation that makes a natural amphitheater. The rock got its name from the 19th century Mormon Settlers that used it to hold square dances. You can sit there and just imagine the sound of fiddles, guitars and banjos echoing throughout the canyon. Petticoats spinning, and girls giggling at young men courting their hearts out. Just as the Mormon settlers did, this tree ekes out a living in this high desert environment, persistent against the odds.